According to the Department of Health and Human Services news release, a study done by researchers at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that men who cannot achieve an erection may be suffering from a heart problem, such as coronary artery disease.
Researchers have said that nearly 18 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction or impotence, most who have no idea that with these new conclusions could be facing the possibility of having some kind of heart problem such as vascular diseases or coronary heart disease. Some of the findings showed significance evidence of artery blockage with those men who did have a problem with erections.
Dr. Ian Thompson, a professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio says regarding the study that, “Erectile dysfunction is often caused by vascular disease,” he also adds, “A man could perceive decreased blood flow to the penis as being a less strong, a weaker erection, and that may actually be one of the first indicators of blood vessel disease.”
The first evidence that showed evidence linking erectile dysfunction and the risk for heart disease was provided by Dr. Thompson and his colleagues in December of 2005. The conclusion to that study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association. Even with all the evidence, those patients who are suffering from erectile dysfunction still do not have that connection with cardiologists and urologists that they should have.
Dr. Thompson once again states that , “A lot of men don’t have physicians, they may not know what their blood pressure is or their lipid profiles, or they may be smokers, and they may never have been counseled to stop smoking or to reduce their weight.
Erectile dysfunction can happen to any man. There are many reasons why this might be happening if it is happening to you. Some of the key reason for not obtaining an erection are : vascular disease, diabetes, use and over use of drugs, hormone disorder, neurologic disorders, Peyronie’s disease, venous leak, pelvic trauma from surgery, radiation therapy, and psychological conditions. If you are having problems with obtaining an erection, please consult your physician immediately. Do not wait weeks or months before you decide to take care of the problem.
To learn more about erectile dysfuntion, you can visit the Urology Channel at http://www.urologychannel.com, you can also learn about coronary artery disease by visiting the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
SOURCE : Erectile Dysfunction: A Harbinger of Heart Trouble
SOURCE : Urology Channel – Erectile Dysfunction